SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 9, 2012 — Coherent Inc. has expanded its OBIS family of plug-and-play smart laser modules and accessories with the OBIS 6-Laser Remote. The new accessory integrates the power supply and control of up to six lasers in a stand-alone Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)-compliant) format. The same size (105 × 68 × 36 mm) as the existing OBIS single laser remote, it not only integrates operation of multiple lasers, but also reduces the cost of ownership and the footprint of the overall system because it allows all the OBIS lasers to use a single 12-V power supply. It incorporates a CDRH-requisite on/off master key switch as well as individual color-coded flip switches to power on/off up to six lasers. The remote is offered as a package with a 12-V power supply module, together with color-coded labels and six color-coded cables to clearly identify various wavelength lasers. The addition of a remote interface enables the modules’ use as stand-alone lasers for laboratory applications, R&D or instrumentation/system integration. Applications include the life sciences, metrology and inspection. Examples include fluorescence-based techniques such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and array readers for drug discovery. The wide choice of wavelengths enables optimum excitation of target fluorophores. In inspection and machine vision applications, the wavelength can be chosen to maximize contrast or other parameters.